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Magosi bid to stop Popa tonight

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The BTC Premiership is back to life after an impromptu FIFA international break, and the league resumes under floodlights tonight with Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs locking horns at the National Stadium. Both sides look set to revive the rivalry that has characterised them for many years. While Magosi have been blowing hot and cold over the past football weeks, Popa are in a form of their lives having set the country alight with their recent mind-blowing performances at continental stage. The game kicks off at 19:30hrs.

Going into the match tonight, Magosi harbour hopes of beating Rollers and derailing them from their BTC Premiership crown ambitions while also keeping hopes of a Top 8 spot alive. However, Popa will be kicking and punching every obstacle that tries to block their pathway to a third successive BTC Premiership title. Popa have been going back and forth with tactics and line ups since the suspension of two of their strikers Mothokozisi Msomi and Joel Mogorosi. With the two players missing, Edwin Moalosi will once again be at his talismanic role against Magosi. Having Moalosi upfront is what Mapalastiana Coach Nikola Kavazovic will relish most tonight with the pint-sized attacker’s nimble movement on and off the ball set to spur the blues on to another scintillating performance. He is expected to lead the attack with his ability to find pockets of spaces in defense.

Kavazovic’s tactical awareness and ability to read the game has seen Popa win big games, his ever fresh mind and wide open eyes will be resourceful tonight. Popa are currently on top form and if there is a team that can spoil things for them, it is the black and white outfit they face tonight. Magosi’s strike force of players like Khumoitsile Kufigwa and Tendai Nyamadzawo may have been firing blanks lately, but a game against your fiercest rivals always has a way of giving extra motivation that could see them surprise the favourites in this match. Besides, their strongest point has always been in the midfield from where they could orchestrate moves to frustrate Popa. With Rollers still expected to come down on Magosi like a tonne of bricks, the Magosi coach Innocent Morapedi will need to have all his arrows in his quiver, his defensive mind should be at work, and it is tonight that his tactical instincts should be alive and kicking.As usual the pace of Thatayaone Ramatlapeng and Botshelo Lerato will be key on the wings, targeting to run behind Popa full backs, who enjoy overlapping trips. A loss for Magosi will put their Top 8 ambitions at risk while a stumble by Popa could see them face a sterner challenge from the likes of Jwaneng Galaxy going forward.

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Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure

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Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.

Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.

Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.

The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.

“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.

The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.

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BFA FIRES BRIGHT

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Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.

At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.

According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.

Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.

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